DPAA In The News

April 17, 2024

Black sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified after 80 years

Edna Lee Ward walked into a newspaper office in Portsmouth, Va., early in 1942 carrying a picture of her son, who was in the Navy. He had been declared missing in action after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.His name was David Walker. He was 19. He had dropped out of his African American high school to serve as a mess attendant

April 11, 2024

US, South Korea begin annual search for remains still missing from Korean War

Anthropologists and historians from the United States and South Korea have embarked on their annual search for the remains of service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.Ten U.S. military and civilian members of the Hawaii-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began their monthlong mission Monday with counterparts from South Korea, DPAA

April 11, 2024

‘Another Way to Serve’ Says Defense Health Agency Volunteer on MIA Recovery Missions

Nearly 80 years after being declared missing in action during World War II, U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Henry L. Stevens, of Monroe, Alabama, has been identified.Stevens was accounted for on Sept. 15, 2023, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, following several recovery missions in Belgium by a team of volunteers with the

April 2, 2024

Remains of WWII sailor, soldier identified, will receive US burials

The remains of two World War II veterans who went missing in action were recently accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and will have U.S. burials later this year.U.S. Navy Mess Attendant 3rd Class David Walker, 19, of Norfolk, Va., was accounted for Nov. 27, 2023, and U.S. Army Cpl. Frank V. Benak, 24, of Scottsville, Mich., was

Feb. 8, 2024

Middletown Air Force Lt. killed in WWII returning home

The body of a Middletown Air Force Lieutenant killed when his plane was shot down in World War II will return home to be buried after being identified through DNA testing.The U.S. Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 27-year-old Dan Corson was officially accounted for on Sept. 22. His family was notified in October,

Jan. 29, 2024

Digging into the facts and field

In June 1945, 2nd Lt. Hulen A. Leinweber was shot down and killed while piloting a plane in the Philippines just months before World War II ended. Military personnel searched the area where the 21-year-old’s plane crashed but discovered no remains; in 1947, Leinweber was named one of tens of thousands of non-recoverable WWII soldiers.But over 70

Jan. 29, 2024

DPAA completes first mission in the PRC since pandemic began

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) completed a site survey in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Jan. 19, investigating two previously surveyed sites related to World War II aircraft losses.  The mission aimed to locate a C-47 Skytrain and a P-40 Warhawk that went missing. The team, consisting of seven members, visited the provinces

Dec. 27, 2023

Fallen hero identified, returned home

Fallen World War II hero and Little Rock son 2nd Lt. Kenyon Brindley is home nearly 80 years after he and six other crew members on a B-24 Liberator lost their lives in the sky over Gotha, Germany, on Feb. 24, 1944.Laid to rest on Monday in a private service at a cemetery in Conway following a public visitation and funeral, the story of Kenyon’s

Dec. 27, 2023

Navy Medal of Honor Recipient from Pearl Harbor Is Honored with Arlington Funeral

As the bugle fell silent on the fields of Arlington National Cemetery on a gray December Thursday, a heroic sailor was finally laid to rest 82 years after his story and that of one of the most defining moments of American history became intertwined.The sailor was Seaman 1st Class James Ward. He was stationed aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when

Dec. 21, 2023

US historians ID a New Mexico soldier killed during WWII, but work remains on thousands of cases

After years of combing through military records and making some key deductions, a team of U.S. government historians and researchers has finally put a name to case file X-3212, identifying an Army private from eastern New Mexico named Homer Mitchell who died during World War II.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency this week announced the findings,